Well, I’m not sure I’ve said too much on the blog, but I’m starting a new adventure (feels like we just started a new adventure 3 years ago). After 18 years of working with Youth Ministry International, God is moving me back into local church ministry. Starting next month, I’ll be the student pastor at Springdale Community Church in Louisville, KY.
This is a big move that I’m sure will have many challenges, but I’m excited about serving in this capacity and watching God work in the lives of students and their families.
I’ve had a little time to think about some of my priorities or goals for the new ministry, and I’m sure they will evolve as I get deeper into it. I believe that going in to a ministry, it is good to know some of the outcomes you hope to accomplish. If someone were to ask me today what I want for the students in our new ministry, I would give them the following list. I realize that student ministry is not a one man show, so I hope to talk through some of these things with our team and see what else we can come up with.
For now, though, here’s what I’ve got:
- Leave everything and follow Jesus
- Live in true community
- Love unconditionally
- Learn what the Bible says
- Look to serve others around them
- Launch initiatives that will change the world
- Lead Biblically
- Let Jesus be Lord
I’m looking forward to investing in the lives of students and their families and seeing them live out their faith. I know that God has great things in store for us.